Boats

Monday Minute - Get That Seating Right

Monday Minute - Get That Seating Right

Inspired from comments made from last week’s post, let’s discuss helm seat options. There is no one solution for comfortable and safe seating at the helm on all boats. It is something designers and builders used to ignore. Today it gets the attention it deserves.

Notice the helm seating when you go to the upcoming boat shows. And can you get around it once it is in position?

The Right Helm for You

The Right Helm for You

Setting up your helm requires some thought as to how best to utilize what is often limited space. Whether you are refitting an older boat or buying a new one, make sure the instrumentation works for you, and critical instruments are where you can see and operate them with a casual glance.

Monday Minute - The Discipline of A Wiring Diagram

Monday Minute - The Discipline of A Wiring Diagram

It takes discipline to keep everything shipshape. That is true on cruising boats, and it is true in life. Always looking just to get it done asap is not usually the best plan. Good enough rarely is.

Doing it right, then updating the documentation, including wiring diagrams, takes discipline but pays off in the end.

A disciplined life is a successful life.

Monday Minute - Integrate, Innovate, or Evaporate

Monday Minute - Integrate, Innovate, or Evaporate

Times have changed since we first talked about integrating all electrical systems on a boat, even a complex trawler or sailboat. The marine industry wasn’t ready for it, but that is all behind us now.

For lots of reasons, 2018 may be considered The Year of Integration in recreational boating.

A Survey, a Comparison, and a Cool Trick to Learn

A Survey, a Comparison, and a Cool Trick to Learn

I watch a survey of a trawler with friends and we go on a sea trial. Soon we’ll compare our notes of this 2007 boat with a new one and see what’s changed.

And I share a nice way to get comfortable running a single engine boat.

Complete Integration and It is Way Cool!

Complete Integration and It is Way Cool!

I got aboard a new MJM 35z in Annapolis to celebrate the new owners’ new boat. It sure is nice to have all the control this boat offers at one’s fingertips. Fast, economical, comfortable, and very well made, the MJM offers a look at what can be done.

A New Take on Single vs Twin Engines

A New Take on Single vs Twin Engines

The question of single engine versus twin engines has been beaten to death many times over, in my opinion. It really doesn’t matter which you choose, as a single engine with a bow thruster can perform as well as a boat with twin engines. But given how the marketplace has evolved, many buyers are looking at older trawlers, and the age factor somewhat changes the discussion.

Monday Minute - Form Must Follow Function

Monday Minute - Form Must Follow Function

The design of a recessed waste fitting proved to not allow us to use a nearby pumpout station. Perhaps a future boat project?

Selecting the Right Boat 3/3 - The Hard Questions

Selecting the Right Boat 3/3 - The Hard Questions

In this third installment of selecting the right boat, we look at the hard decisions that help shape the specifications of a good cruising boat that fits your needs and budget.  

The Ultimate FPB 3/3 - Engine Room Details

The Ultimate FPB 3/3 - Engine Room Details

The final look at a most interesting passagemaker, the FPB-781 Cochise. The Dashews spared nothing to make this an ultimate voyaging motorboat, and it bristles with new ideas and clever solutions. This final Part 3 looks at the boat's engine room. Hopefully you'll see something that works for you.

Monday Minute - The Right Tool for the Job

Monday Minute - The Right Tool for the Job

With so many choices out there, it is easy to get into more boat than you need, or even the wrong boat entirely. It is best to identify what your needs really are and search for a cruising boat that best matches that mission statement.

What's a Trawler - Continuing the Discussion

What's a Trawler - Continuing the Discussion

Continuing the discussion of selecting the right cruising boat, we take a look at hull shapes. There are lots of choices! Consider the options, and the advantages.

Adventure Series Conclusion

Adventure Series Conclusion

In this final piece on the Adventure Series, Scott and Mary wrap up their discussion of this very different kind of cruising motorboat, specially designed to voyage in higher latitudes. Hopefully someone will step forward to take this design into production, and the rest of us can witness the dawn of a new concept of adventure boating.

Adventure Series Design - Part Four

Adventure Series Design - Part Four

Scott and Mary Flanders continue discussing their ideas for a new design for adventure cruising. The boat is intentionally kept simple for ease of maintenance, but offers the speed and seakeeping qualities to make fast passages possible. Less is more on the Lightspeed 41.

Adventure Series Design Article - Part Three

Adventure Series Design Article - Part Three

In this third article of the new Adventure Series motorboat, Scott Flanders walks through some of the features and design elements that came up from a meeting with his builder, a naval architect, and Bill Parlatore. The rough edges softened into more specific design spiral elements, and the design continued to evolve.

The Shows are Over

The Shows are Over

The scene around Annapolis is crazy when it is boat show season. Every serious boater comes to town for one of the shows and we celebrate boating on a scale that is almost overwhelming. Friends, old and new, share stories, food, and wine. This is what cruising is all about.

It is my favorite time of year, and I wish I could share it with everyone I know.

So What is a Trawler, Anyway?

So What is a Trawler, Anyway?

What exactly is a trawler? We begin a new series to help people select the right boat for their cruising agenda. Times have changes since the trawler-style boat could be readily identified by a hull shape and gleaming teak brightwork. Today it is a metaphor for the lifestyle.